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Lowland White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Luzon White-eye; Philippine White-eye

Photo by Romy Ocon
Tiaong, Quezon Province, Philippines, November 2005
Zosterops meyeni


10.2 to 12 cm.

  • Lemon-yellow forehead
  • Yellowish-green crown and upperparts
  • White eyering, interrupted by blackish spot at front
  • Darkish loral line
  • Lemon-yellow throat and upper breast
  • Pale grey rest of underparts with faint yellow longitudinal streak over centre
  • Pale lemon-yellow undertail-coverts
  • batanis is larger, brighter yellow and has more yellow on forehead

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Northern Philippines and islands south of Taiwan.
Common in lowlands. Often used as cagebird in the Philippines.


  • Z. m. batanis on Lüdao (Green) and Lanyu (Orchid) Islands (southeast of Taiwan) and Batan Islands (Philippines, north of Luzon)
  • Z. m. meyeni in the Philippines (Calayan, Luzon, Lubang, Verde, Marinduque, Banton, and Caluya)


Found in forest, at forest edge, in bamboo thickets, gardens, scrub and cultivated areas.
Usually in the lowlands, replaced by Warbling White-eye above 1000 m.



No details known.
Forages on groups and in mixed flocks.


Breeding season from April to August, breeding also recorded in January. The nest is placed a few metres above the ground in a small tree. Lays 3 to 4 eggs, sometimes 5.


Nothing known.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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